His friend, solicitor Gilbert Entwhistle, asks Hercule Poirot to help solve a riddle and a murder. The riddle has to do with Richard Abernethie's will. It would seem that he changed his will immediately prior to his death, distributing all of his wealth equally among family members but excluding George Abernethie who, in all previous wills, had been the sole beneficiary. The two had supposedly argued recently, but Entwhistle suspects the new will may be a forgery. As for the murder, he would like Poirot to investigate the death of Cora Galaccio, who was violently beaten to death the day after Richard's funeral. She too had inherited from the suspect will, but are the two deaths and the will all part of a greater plot, or is there a simpler explanation?Written by
As Poirot drives up to the house (in the limousine); the reflection of a 'modern' car can be seen parked off set. See more »
[after Poirot reveals she is the murderer]
She was a thoroughly stupid woman! Endlessly wittering on about this place and what you all did as children. You don't know how truly stultifying it is to listen to someone talking about the same things day after day, and pretending to be interested. "Oh, yes, Mrs. Gallaccio," and "Really, Mrs. Gallaccio?" And in truth just bored, bored, bored! And nothing to look forward to but more of the same.
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It was hard as a huge Agatha Christie fan not to have the image of Margaret Rutherford and Mr Stringer running around, (note to all the purist fans that didn't like the Marple adaptations being messed around with and novels n characters crossed, it was done in the 60s!) after a few minutes all of that thought had gone and I got engrossed in what was one of the best Poirot adaptations. I was pleased at how faithfully they stuck to the book, but they did such a good job with it, they made a plodder of a novel into a wonderful screenplay. I will add to the plaudits for Monica Dolan, Miss Gilchrist was glorious throughout, and when she snapped at the end she showcased her acting talents to perfection, upstaging the rest of the cast, Mr Suchet included. Her behavious and mannerisms when the painting is slowly uncovered are so natural, you can sense the apprehension. A nice little bit of humour was used which gave it a light feel at times, the glances between Poirot and Gilbert, when looking at Cora's artwork. It was so nice to see William Russell of Dr Who fame as the butler. Hard to find fault with any aspect of this, but after watching it you can see why Monica has become an AWARD winning actress. The music throughout is particularly nice and melodic, pacing and direction are first class. One other scene I particularly enjoyed was between Poirot and Rosamund when she breaks down into tears, it's very touching and beautifully done. All in all a fabulous adaptation, a top notch 10/10
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